Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.

  • Skoda has announced an extension of its partnership with the Women’s Tour. The company has been a supporter of the race since 2011 and plays an important part in delivering this women’s cycling race.
  • Rolf Aldag has joined Canyon//SRAM as a sports director. He will be new to women’s cycling but brings in his experience not only as a former professional rider but also as a sports director in men’s cycling teams.
  • Abby-Mae Parkinson moves to Lotto Soudal Ladies in 2020. During the past three years, the 22-year-old British rider rode for Drops Cycling. A classics rider from Yorkshire, she enjoys racing in tough weather conditions.
  • UCI WorldTour licences have been awarded to the following teams for 2020-2023: Ale BTC Ljubljana, Canyon//SRAM Racing, CCC – LIV, FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar Team Women, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelon Scott.
  • Australian Jessica Pratt is the latest rider to win a pro contract for 2020 with Canyon//SRAM through the Zwift Academy program. She was selected out of a field of nearly 9,000 competitors to take home the coveted prize. Pratt will ride the Women’s Tour Down Under in January yet as a member of Team Uni South Australia.
  • South African rider Carla Oberholzer will be part of Bizkaia-Durango for the 2020 season.
  • 18 year-old Norwegian rider Natalie Midtsveen has joined Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport for 2020.
  • Lotta Henttala has been selected to fill the only space given to Finland at the 2020 Olympics road race event.


  • At the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane-Australia, the host nation won the women’s team pursuit ahead of New Zealand and Canada. Poland was victorious in the team sprint while Russia took second and Australia placed third. In the Madison, Australia took the gold ahead of France and the USA. Lee Wai Sze from Hong Kong won the sprint while Stephanie Morton took silver and Russian rider Anastasiia Voinova won the bronze. The Keirin was won by Columbian rider Martha Pineda Bayona ahead of Australian Stephanie Morton and Belgian rider Nicky Degrendele. The Australians Georgia Baker and Annette Edmondson took out the gold at the Madison ahead of French riders Clara Copponi and Marie Le Net, and US riders Kendall Ryan and Christina Birch. Jennifer Valente of the US won the Omnium while Canadian Alison Beveridge took silver and Holly Edmondston (NZ) won the bronze.
  • Marianne Vos (NED) won the Ciclo-cross Ciudad de Xativa ahead of Aida Nuno Palacio and Lucia Gonzalez Blanco, both of Spain.
  • The Toi Toi Cup Unicov in the Czech Republic was won by Czech rider Kateřina Nash ahead of Austrian Nadja Heigl and Czech rider Tereza Švihálková.
  • Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (NED) took gold at the DVV Verzekeringen trofee Hotondcross Ronse-Kluisbergen in Belgium, ahead of Dutch rider Annemarie Worst and her compatriot Yara Kastelijn.
  • A clean sweep for the Dutch riders at the Helen 100 Trophy in Ronse. Puck Pieterse took the win ahead of Isa Nomden and Ilse Pluimers.
  • The Utsunomiya Cyclo Cross in Japan was won by Slovak rider Janka Keseg Števková ahead of Miyoko Karami and her Japanese compatriot Miyuki Nishiyama.

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest exclusive article, Tanja Erath tells us how she spends her off-season, which includes a well-deserved but rare holiday before starting the next year of training and racing.

Rawvelo Voxwomen Insider Podcast

  • In the final episode for 2019 Laura Winter talks to Emily Chappell, Seb Piquet, Joscelin Ryan, Rachel Jary and Isabella Stone at the Rouleur Classic, and you can check it out here.

#ICYMI from Voxwomen

  • Teniel Campbell speaks to Voxwomen for our latest Sunday Supplement: “I want to be the change the world needs.”
  • Missing your weekly dose of race coverage? We’ve got all the episodes of the Voxwomen TV show available to watch and download. Revisit races and interviews from the past few seasons right here on our channel.
  • Re-live and reflect on a year of fantastic women’s cycling here. In a review of the highlights of the 2019 season, we look at the new teams, outstanding riders, memorable victories and year-end rankings of a season to be remembered.
  • Take a look at our new segment Vox Training Zone. If you want to get faster and stronger on your climbs, check out the five training tips for climbing that will help you to improve your cycling ability in the mountains.

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

  • On 1st December, we kicked off our 12 days of Voxmas. Check out @Voxwomen on twitter for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!
  • Next February, we’ll be running the Zwift x Voxwomen VoxTour, and we are delighted to be partnering with I R I S – I Ride In Style to create another special jersey design. We’re giving you the chance to help put the finishing touches on this fantastic jersey. Tell us here in your own 10 words or less an inspirational statement that can go on the pocket, which will encourage those who will wear it. The best one will be selected to appear on the pocket, and the winner will receive a jersey.

This week in cycling history…

  • While female cycling journalists are still rare today, women writing about cycling was an even rarer occurrence in the late 19th century. Constance Everett-Green, however, managed to become one of the leading cycling journalists of her time, promoting cycling as a tool for women to achieve some degree of liberty from their restricted lifestyle. However, her forward thinking was not supported by everyone. Eliza Lynn Linton, the first female salaried journalist in Britain who this week in 1896 penned an article in the Lady’s Realm, wrote that cycling’s utmost danger comes from the unfettered liberty that lies in this activity. However, it was this freedom that was the principal motivation for women at the end of the 19th century to take up cycling as a means of transport, as a recreational activity, and a sport.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • Looking for a gift for the coming holidays? Look no further. Why not check out our full range of quality cycling clothing and accessories that make the perfect gift for a cycling enthusiast. Every purchase from our online shop will support Voxwomen and make it possible for us to keep continuing to provide you with the latest from the world of women’s cycling. So head over to our online shop!

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